Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta

Does craftiness run in a family?  It must. My mom and I are both fiber enthusiasts but find our passion in different branches of the fiber arts.  My mom is a quilter and I am a knitter and crocheter. We have both tried to love each other’s fiber art, but with mixed results.  

Earlier this year my mom told me about the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta ( which is held every other year.  It is an all inclusive fiber arts show that includes, well, everything.  By everything I mean quilting, dying (yarn and fabric), spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, tatting etc.  At the fiesta you can sign up for a variety of classes, look at fiber works of art, and shop from regional vendors.

This year was the first time I was able to attend.  My mom and I took a class called “Simple Beaded Crochet Necklace”.  It was so much fun! The necklace itself was something similar to what I have made before, but there is something fun about taking a class with someone else.  Even though the technique was easy I learned about beads and a new type of fiber I have never worked with before called waxed linen.

Just walking around the show entries was incredible.  I saw the most amazing crochet wedding dress, beautiful brioche knits, a retro-style dress made out of sunflower seed bags, hand pieced quilts, and “modern” styled abstract quilts that were awe-inspiring.  

If you live in the southwest or wish to travel to the southwest I would try to catch the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta.  Just keep in mind that it only happens every other year. The next fiesta will be held in 2021.

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